Lions and tigers are truly the royalty of the animal kingdom. They now stand beside each other in zoos around the world. They are a match in feline heaven with their regal manes and fearsome stripes.
Ivory the lion and Saraswati the tiger met at the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina. Though they make an unusual pair, these two are even more exceptional because of their white coats. According to zoologists, there are only 300 white lions and 1,200 white tigers left in the world.
The albino mates have now bred the world’s first litter of white ligers, and they couldn’t possibly be any cuter!
Meet Odlin, Samson, Yeti, and Apollo.
As you can see here, the cubs’ fur is mostly white, but unlike their mother, they still have plenty of stripes.
Like most genetic hybrids, these cubs will, sadly, grow up to be sterile. It’s unfortunate that they won’t be able to pass their beauty on to future generations of ligers and tigons.
The cubs are still small, but they’re gaining weight at a rate of a pound a day. In time, they will be just as large as their parents, and will prove to be a major hassle to their handlers. For now, they’re playful and love the attention they get from humans.
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